MGM Grand Detroit To Reopen To Public August 7th

I spend my time between Michigan and Las Vegas and I’m a frequent player at MGM Grand Detroit when I am in town to visit parents and handle business. I’ve been beaten down and sad since the MGM Grand Detroit had to shut its doors because of the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent Governor shutdowns that prevented MGM Grand Detroit from reopening.

Thankfully – that all comes to an end on Friday, August 7th at 10:00am EST when the MGM Grand Detroit reopens to the public.

MGM Grand Detroit when it reopens will be 100% smoke-free, per the Governor of Michigans Executive Order and capacity will be limited to 15%.

Hotels and other amenities will also remain closed but are expected to open within the next few weeks.

While the official reopening is happening August 7th, MGM says there will an “invite only” event that will take place before the public opening.

Just sayin – I’ll be in Michigan next week and if I can snag an invite I’ll provide coverage and a live stream here on the site. 

Here is the press release with all of the details and the new guidelines put in place for the reopening.

-The Vegas Guy

Employee and Guest Health & Safety at Forefront of Resort’s Reopening

30 July 2020

(Detroit, MI – July 30, 2020) – MGM Grand Detroit today announced its reopening date  following closure earlier this year amidst the COVID-19 crisis. The property will reopen in a limited capacity to the public on Friday, August 7 at 10:00am. A hosted, invitation-only event will take place ahead of the public reopening. MGM Grand Detroit’s amenity offerings initially will be limited and do not include hotel rooms at this time. Additional venues, as well as the hotel, will open in the coming weeks and months.


“We are excited to reopen our doors and welcome back our guests and team members. These have been difficult and challenging times, but the Detroit community continues to weather these storms and will come back stronger,” said David Tsai, President of the Midwest Group, MGM Resorts. “I’m immensely proud of what our team has accomplished in these last four months to create a safer environment for our guests and employees, while still providing the premier gaming and entertainment experience MGM Grand Detroit is known for.”


Health & Safety

MGM Resorts’ comprehensive “Seven-Point Safety Plan” is a multi-layered set of protocols and procedures designed in conjunction with medical and scientific experts to mitigate the spread of the virus, protect customers and employees and rapidly respond to potential new cases. As time passes, the company will continue to evaluate and evolve its safety protocols. Key initiatives from the MGM Resorts plan, as well as protocols specific to MGM Grand Detroit, include:


  • Employee screening, temperature checks and COVID-19 specific training
  • Guest screening and temperature checks with limited casino entrance points
  • Masks required in all public areas for both employees and guests (and provided free of charge)
  • Smoking no longer permitted indoors, but in designated outdoor area only
  • Physical distancing policy for all guests and employees, with floor guides serving as reminders
  • Plexiglass barriers installed in areas where physical distancing presents challenges
  • Standalone handwashing station designed by MGM Resorts and conveniently located on the casino floor
  • Increased and enhanced routine cleaning based on CDC guidance, with electrostatic sprayers utilized in many large public areas to apply disinfectant efficiently
  • Restaurant digital menus available to view on personal mobile devices via QR codes
  • Virtual waiting lists for restaurant guests with text message notification when tables are ready
  • MGM has compiled an internal team and processes to respond if a guest or employee tests positive for COVID-19. If a guest tests positive after visiting an MGM property, they are asked to alert the company through a special email address ( The company will immediately report any positive test results to the local health department and assist with contact tracing to support health department investigators.


Per the Michigan Gaming Control Board, MGM Grand Detroit will initially reopen at 15% of legal capacity.


A glimpse at what guests can expect:

  • HOTEL & SPA – MGM Grand Detroit’s hotel and spa will remain closed until a future date.
  • GAMING – MGM Grand Detroit’s gaming floor, including slots, table games and the BetMGM Sportsbook, will be open. To promote physical distancing, numerous slot machines have been disabled, and plexiglass barriers have been installed at many of the table games. Poker will not be available during this first phase of reopening.
  • DINING – TAP Sports Bar and National Coney Island (inside Breeze Dining Court) will be open for dining.
  • PARKING/VALET – Complimentary self-parking will be available for guests; valet parking will not be operational at this time. Public access will be available via the self-park garage only.


Days and hours of operation at all venues will vary. For a full list of offerings, please visit MGM Grand Detroit will continue to work closely with medical experts and state officials to determine how to safely and appropriately offer more amenities and entertainment to guests.

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